March 16th, 2007

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are in the Rock and Roll hall of fame. I’m still in shock and I’m sure that other people are insanely pissed off. Personally, I’m proud. The first time that I’d ever heard Hip-Hop wasn’t even Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight, but it was the Message. I’m pretty sure that I heard it first on the now-defunked defunct WDMT FM 108 out of Cleveland. I was just a kid back then, so I thought it was just funk with talking instead of singing. It was also the first song where I’d heard a loud BEEP instead of a word. To this day, I’m still not used to hearing it not bleeped out. Of course, everyone knows that there’s a whole point to the song and I think it’s fitting that the first group to be inducted in the name of Hip-Hop be a group that proved you could break ground, move the crowd and deliver a message all at the same time. After all, the story goes that group member Cowboy (R.I.P.) led to the term Hip-Hop. So today’s music post is dedicated to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

YouTube videos:
The Message – Take every so-called relevant song on the Mainstream Rap charts now, put them all together and they still don’t say half as much as the Message. Period.

Grandmaster Flash in the movie Wild Style

Grandmaster Flash – You know what time it is. A crazy, animated video for one of Flash’s later joints. I’ve always dug this one.

Official site for Grandmaster Flash

I’d like to post more, but I’ve been having CRAZY trouble with anything embedded right now. I’ve restarted my computer 4 times today and I’m not in the mood to do it again. I may update this mofo later tonight if I can get things stabilized. Have a good weekend!

2 Responses to “Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five”

  1. I’m still buzzing off of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five being inducted into the Rock of Roll Hall of Fame. It was so big for me when we got to interview Grandmaster Mele Mel over at Highbrid Nation. As a person who grew up on hip hop, I’m just glad to see it being respected.

  2. Dang, you got to interview Mele Mel? Yeah, I’d still be buzzing off that, too. I’m listening to the interview as I type this and I’m glad to hear him drop knowledge and jewels like that. Those were some really good questions you gave him there, too. Much respect and thanks for letting me know about that interview and the blog (which I’m adding to my blogroll to keep an eye on it.).